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The Right-Wing Populism That Drove Brexit Can Only Be Fought With a Genuinely Radical Alternative

The Reagan-Thatcher consensus will be replaced either by new visions of social progress or by new forms of racism and authoritarianism.

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Mumia Abu-Jamal’s Fourth of July

The long-imprisoned revolutionary and author, who disdains the current political theater, says the broken, racist American system “has to be torn up, root and branch,” to halt the war waged on the poor by the corporate state.

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This Fourth of July Let’s Choose Patriotism That Stands for Inclusion Over Exclusion, Hope Over Fear

We hear a lot about patriotism, especially around the Fourth of July. But in 2016 we’re hearing about two very different types of patriotism.

Posted on Jun 29, 2016 READ MORE



A Progressive American in London: My Thoughts on Brexit and the Revolt Against Jeremy Corbyn

After voting to leave the European Union, the U.K. needs serious discussions on a progressive way forward. For that, it needs Corbyn at the helm of the Labour Party.

Posted on Jun 28, 2016 READ MORE


Black Lives Matter at Politicon 2016: Personal Tragedies Fuel Fierce Activism

By Emma Niles

The intensely emotional panel at the Pasadena, Calif., convention demonstrated the strength of the movement and reminded the audience of the continuing fight against police brutality and systemic racism.

Posted on Jun 28, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


Another Benefit of Brexit









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Brexit Racism









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Samantha Bee Cautions Americans About the Parallels Between Trump and Brexit (Video)

“While the Brits were waking up in the ruins of their nation and saying, ‘Oh God! What have we done?’ ” the “Full Frontal” host quips, “a lot of Americans were looking over and saying, ‘Oh God! What are we about to do?’ ”

Posted on Jun 28, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



The Great American Story of Asian Immigrants and Politics

The rise of Asian-Americans in politics refutes Donald Trump’s portrayal of immigrants as an alien body invading the United States.

Posted on Jun 26, 2016 READ MORE


Gun Sale









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U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Affirmative Action at the University of Texas

The top court ruled 4-3 Thursday morning that particular considerations of race in the University of Texas admissions process are constitutional.

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Hate Groups That Promote Anti-Muslim Sentiment Have Received $208 Million in the Past Eight Years

The UC Berkeley Center for Race and Gender and the Council on American Islamic Relations have jointly produced a new study on hatred of Muslims in the United States.

Posted on Jun 22, 2016 READ MORE



Meet El Peso Hero, a Latino Superhero Fighting Injustice on the U.S.-Mexico Border

“El Peso Hero” is not your typical comic book series. The eponymous main character defends immigrants, stands up for the disenfranchised and speaks only Spanish.

Posted on Jun 21, 2016 READ MORE



Making Sense of Orlando

Although mainstream media outlets and presidential candidates rushed to make sure their interpretation of the Pulse Orlando massacre prevailed, the story and significance of the tragedy are more complex and deserve careful consideration.

Posted on Jun 16, 2016 READ MORE



Watch: Democratic Senators Stage Filibuster to Protest Lack of Action on Gun Control

Concern over gun violence reached critical mass on Capitol Hill this week.

Posted on Jun 15, 2016 READ MORE


Ryan’s Endorsement









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Los Angeles Film Festival Reframes African-American Struggle With Two Empowering Films

In this era of submissive-slave characters, black tokenism and underrepresentation of people of color in Hollywood, “The House on Coco Road” and the 2016 version of “The Birth of a Nation” flip the script.

Posted on Jun 9, 2016 READ MORE



Partial Victory for Black Lives Matter Activist Jasmine Richards

The case that the 28-year-old community organizer represents is another reason why the movement it has galvanized is more crucial than ever.

Posted on Jun 9, 2016 READ MORE



A Tale of Two Injustices: ‘Lynching’ and Sexual Assault in California

Jasmine Richards was sentenced to 90 days and three years’ probation. Brock Turner, despite his multiple felony convictions for sexual assault, will likely get credit for good behavior and serve about the same amount of time as Jasmine. As for Brock Turner’s victim, her sentence is ongoing.

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Paul Ryan’s Endorsement









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Swearing In









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The Racial Divide Between Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump

“In the year 2016, the American people will not accept a bigoted president,” the Democratic presidential candidate said of his Republican rival.

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White French National Not Investigated for Terrorism Even When He Vows Attacks (Video)

Gregoire Moutaux, 25, was arrested last month by Ukraine with a large cache of deadly weapons. But here’s the kicker.

Posted on Jun 7, 2016 READ MORE



White Youths Shouting Racial Slurs Chase Black Teenager to His Death (Video)

After the presence of police frightened the gang away, 16-year-old Dayshen McKenzie collapsed in the Staten Island heat in what may have been an asthma attack.

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Racism Fueled Outrage Over Cincinnati Gorilla Killing

In comparison with a hundred other news stories from around the world of social, political and human significance, the gorilla story was utterly insignificant. A kid’s life was at stake, and the gorilla was killed. That is as it should be.

Posted on Jun 2, 2016 READ MORE


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The ‘Woman Card’ Brings a Wealth of Disadvantages

According to a recent Washington Post-ABC News poll, the notion that women are more privileged than men has serious traction: Thirty-eight percent of all men, and 34 percent of all white Americans believe that a candidate’s femaleness is a trump card (no pun intended).

Posted on May 26, 2016 READ MORE


Place Your Bets









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Former NBA Player Calls Out Racist Train Rider

Etan Thomas, who once played for the Wizards, took to Facebook after a woman allegedly refused to let him take the seat next to her.

Posted on May 26, 2016 READ MORE



President Obama Must Act on Marijuana Reform

Expanding legal access to cannabis would help veterans with PTSD and many other vulnerable populations. Because the next president may not do it, it’s a change that should be made now.

Posted on May 24, 2016 READ MORE



George Zimmerman Sells Murder Weapon to Fight Black Lives Matter

To add insult to lethal injury, Zimmerman responded to questions on how Trayvon Martin’s family might feel about the gun auction by criticizing their parenting.

Posted on May 18, 2016 READ MORE



Donald Trump and His Angry Voters Are Furthering an Extremist Christian Agenda

Unwittingly or not, by tapping into a long list of “isms”—including nationalism, sexism, racism, heterosexism and militarism—the Republican presidential candidate is following in the footsteps of the late, archconservative, televangelist Jerry Falwell.

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Donald Trump’s Politics of Whiteness and the CIA Tip That Jailed Nelson Mandela

The revelation that the Central Intelligence Agency provided the tip to the Apartheid South African government that led to Nelson Mandela’s arrest should come as no great shock. Nor is it unconnected to the popularity of Donald Trump.

Posted on May 16, 2016 READ MORE


President Obama Hails America’s, and African-Americans’, Progress at Howard University Graduation

“Be confident in your blackness” was his advice as he painted a highly optimistic picture of social and economic progress in the U.S. in recent decades, even when it comes to the national scourge of racism.

Posted on May 8, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


Trump Outreach









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Economic Recovery Leaves African-American Homeowners Behind

Even for blacks with six-figure incomes, housing values in predominantly black neighborhoods have not bounced back as in comparable white areas, a Washington Post analysis finds.

Posted on May 2, 2016 READ MORE



The Socialist Alternative

Seattle’s socialist City Council member, Kshama Sawant, has called on Bernie Sanders to break with the Democratic Party and run as an independent. If he refuses, she says, his supporters must build a third party without him.

Posted on May 1, 2016 READ MORE


Samantha Bee on Racist, Sexist, Historically Ignorant Responses to Harriet Tubman on the $20 Bill

Placing one of the most important black women in American history on the 20 dollar bill hasn’t been so popular among some conservatives, the “Full Frontal” host explains. 

Posted on Apr 26, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Once-Undocumented Wall Street Executive Now Is Helping Others Live the American Dream

Julissa Arce worked for seven years at Goldman Sachs as an undocumented immigrant. Now she is an American citizen fighting for immigration reform, and her incredible story may soon become a TV series. 

Posted on Apr 20, 2016 READ MORE


How Bill O’Reilly Almost Made Donald Trump Look Good (Video)

In an interview with the presidential candidate about his plans to woo black voters, Fox’s “O’Reilly Factor” host sank to new lows.

Posted on Apr 15, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Racism Creeps Into the Most Basic Aspects of Life

The lives of people of color are shaped by race in more ways than a white person might guess.

Posted on Apr 14, 2016 READ MORE


American Perceptions of Social Programs Are Result of Longtime Racist Political Strategy (Video)

The ruling class of America has been effective at labeling anti-poverty programs as a black phenomenon, even though the majority of people who benefit from government assistance are white.

Posted on Apr 12, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



How Americans Hate: 8-fold Increase in Islamophobic Crime Since 2000

Ever since Congress passed the Hate Crime Statistics Act in 1990, the FBI has been issuing annual reports on crimes of bias or hate crimes. We can see in these statistics some of the reasons why the GOP candidates are running on anti-Muslim hatred. 

Posted on Apr 12, 2016 READ MORE



This Quiz Shows the Depressing, Racist Truth About Juror Bias in the United States

The Marshall Project wants everyone to know just how hard it is to prove that unconstitutional prejudice exists within a jury.

Posted on Apr 11, 2016 READ MORE



The Wages of Sin

Huge segments of working-class whites—victims paying for the sins of American empire—are desperately seeking to halt change and re-create a mythical past. This is always the last, desperate gasp of a dying culture.

Posted on Apr 10, 2016 READ MORE



Stand Your Ground, Unless You’re a Battered Woman

When victims defend themselves, they put themselves at risk of becoming doubly victimized—first by their abusers, then by the criminal justice system.

Posted on Apr 6, 2016 READ MORE


We Must Stop Voter Suppression (Video)

By Robert Reich

We need to move to the next stage of voting rights—a new Voting Rights Act—that renews the law that was effectively repealed by the conservative activists on the Supreme Court.

Posted on Apr 5, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


Robert Scheer Talks With Madison Shockley About the Meanings of Christianity (Audio)

By Robert Scheer

In this week’s “Scheer Intelligence,” the Truthdig editor in chief sits down with Shockley to discuss the Christian leader’s family history with racism and what it means to be Christian today. Transcript included.

Posted on Apr 1, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Donald Trump: Jobs Will Solve the Problems Black Americans Face

Asked by Washington Post staff whether he saw disparities in the way U.S. law enforcement treats blacks and whites, the Republican presidential candidate avoided answering directly and proposed that inner-city blacks need employment.

Posted on Mar 24, 2016 READ MORE


John Oliver Tears Apart Donald Trump’s Arguments for a Border Wall Using Facts and Logic (Video)

Despite having vowed earlier in the campaign season that he wouldn’t bother discussing Donald Trump’s candidacy and ideas in depth, the “Last Week Tonight” host dedicates yet another fabulous segment to taking the Republican front-runner down a few notches.

Posted on Mar 21, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


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